Many employees in the State of Ohio are covered by disability plans through Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) and School Employees Retirement System (SERS). These programs are separate from Social Security Disability and provide benefits for such employees as teachers, policeman, and those who work for educational institutions and/or governmental offices in Ohio.
Generally, an application for disability must be filed within two years of an employee’s last pay in order to meet a deadline for filing. Typically, an employee must have at least five years of service credit in order to qualify for benefits.
The main feature of the State Disability plans is that medical examination is conducted by a physician selected by the State Board to determine whether an applicant for disability is mentally or physically incapacitated from performing the duties of his or her last job. A disability must last or be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve months.
Anyone applying for disability benefits through any of these State Disability plans would be well advised to consult with an attorney familiar with these plans and with the Ohio law regarding the decision making process. The reason for this is to ensure that all deadlines are met and that all evidence appropriate for decision making is submitted to the State Board for any of these programs. One cannot assume that the State Board has received all of the medical evidence necessary for a decision and every employee must be prepared to provide information in order to be sure the application is properly considered. The Law Office of Michael A. Malyuk would be happy to review your application and help you secure your coverage.
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